My mentee and recent ALA graduate, Hind, writes dynamically about the real challenges of taking the leadership ideals and ethos she learned while here and translating it into the actual workplace. Read and feel the powerfully expressive writing of this 19-yr old from Morocco (eish, what was I doing with my life at 19!). She is one to watch. Read her first full length English blog post below:
“ I am taking a Gap Year! “ …
A sentence that I have repeatedly used in different occasions. A sentence that also helped me distinguish myself in the eyes of some (entertainingly)astounded ALA guests. Rather than speaking about my triumph in getting into some world renowned university (that I did not get into anyway) I would pitch my Gap Year plans with an ambitious tone and excited smile, successfully captivating their attention for the rest of the tour. It saved me from filling out the housing forms, the admitted student’s surveys, the meal plans forms … and all the boring stuff (hum … humm). This Gap year allowed me to enjoy my summer to the fullest; sleeping until my body refused to do so anymore and planning my days as I wake up. I enjoyed every bit of it … so far…Until today!
My days were glorious. I took a gap year as I always wanted to, I succeeded in my NEC roles, I started taking intensive German classes, and most importantly … I found THE job. After a meeting set by Mr Oummih with the director of the Regional Investment Center of Casablanca, the latter invited me to work for the Moroccan Student Foundation in Casa. The Moroccan Student Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance and financial help for high school seniors who come from orphanages but who still achieved really well in the national examination. When I read the foundation’s mission statement I was absolutely in love with them. Moreover, my job required me to design a follow up program for the MSF’s scholars and alumni and therefore convert the administrative relationship that the beneficiaries and the benefactors share to a more amicable and familial one. For someone who is all about education, self-development and event planning, there was no excuse not to take the job.
Soooo … as enthusiastic as I sounded in the previous paragraph, I started work on Monday. I went to the office with so many ideas about what I want to achieve for the foundation that my head ached half way between the train station and the office building.
I was ready… Bring it on world …I am an ALA GY and I got all the time and effort for you! LOL!
Monday … was utterly unproductive… [Read the rest of it here]